Saga 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 


Saga #1
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Well, folks, Brian K. Vaughan has done it again. Saga is awesome. This book has wonderfully thought out characters, an emotionally charged plot, and is really funny. Fiona Staples' art is amazing. She uses simple, elegant character designs, and packs the book with a wide range of emotions that always ring true. Her characters are incredibly expressive, and her pacing is wonderful. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because it just needs to be experienced. What stands out most about Saga though is that BKV doesn’t pull any punches. He is creating a strange sci-fi world with fantasy magic where weird demon creatures cavort with strange robot princes, and it all works. Somehow, through the use of his clever dialogue and smart plotting, he just makes it all fit together. Do not miss this book; we’re going to be talking about it for years to come.

 

Star Wars JediI was never really one to get too much into the Star Wars comics, which is strange considering my obsession with both ¨The Wars¨ and comic books. You'd think it would be a natural fit, right? They just never really grabbed me like I'd hope they would. But, in an age of prequels and Old Republic, the universe has grown immensely, and the comic books have been exploring these times in the Star Wars universe. Say what you will about The Phantom Menace, but don't tell me Qui-Gon Jinn wasn't awesome. He and Darth Maul are what made that movie for me, and I had always wanted to know more about this mysterious Jedi.


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Spider-Man with ReviewUltimate Catch Up is an offshoot of 52 Catch Up and is devoted to looking at issues from the newest volume of comics set in the Marvel Ultimate universe, examining what makes them worth reading (or not) and which places we hope they will go in time.

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Months before Peter Parker was killed, Miles Morales was bitten by a genetically altered spider and developed spider-powers.  In order to honor Peter, Miles dons a costume and becomes the new Spider-Man.


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FairestFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Fairest #1
by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Andy Lanning

Fairest, Willingham’s newest spinoff to Fables, is a fun, lighthearted read with lots of action and quick pace. The only issue here is that this is supposed to be the story of the women of Fables, and they don’t really show up much in this book. That, however, doesn’t make it a bad book. Willingham does a good job introducing his characters, and fitting them nicely into the overall Fables story without relying on previous knowledge of Fables. If you’ve read Fables, you’ll like this book, too. If you haven’t you will not be confused. Jimenez and his team do a great job with the art, and even his most fantastic character, a little imp, looks like a natural part of the world they are creating. Here’s hoping that in future issues, we get more of the Fairest that they promised us. 



Wonder Woman with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Wonder Woman is the princess of the Amazons, the group of all female warriors from Greek mythology, but Diana also learns her father is none other than Zeus, king of the gods, and now she must contend with the knowledge of her heritage and family politics.

 

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Avengers 23Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.


Avengers #23
by Brian Michael Bendis and Daniel Acuna

If you read one Marvel book each month, it should be Avengers. This is Marvel’s flagship title with all their main characters. In this issue they are in deep trouble. As Bendis’ story continues, we find the Avengers being held captive by Norman Osborn and his Hammer terrorists, or are they the good guys? That’s the most amazing aspect of this story. Norman Osborn is simply asking the question, who gave the Avengers the right to be the world’s police force? Finally, a villain actually makes sense. Of course, he’s crazy and trying to kill the heroes, but you can almost see where he’s coming from. Beyond all of the great things Bendis has done with the story, the best part of this book is Daniel Acuna’s art. He always gives the character’s great expressions, and his layouts are very carefully considered with small panels for small moments, and big splashes with a great sense of movement and action. This is going to be a big year for the Avengers, and this book is what you should be reading each month.

Action Comics with Article52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Action Comics harkens back to the 900 issue run of the original Action Comics started in 1938.  So far the stories have taken place roughly six years ago, following Superman in his twenties as he becomes the first public superhero in the DC relaunch.

 

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Man from SpaceSpace...the final frontier. The galaxy far, far away. The Black. The place where the Alien came from. Space is an old friend of both the comic book and science-fiction genres. Still, cartoonist Marc Jackson manages to bring something completely new and original to the starry beyond: a snarky, foul-mouthed, intergalactic-traveling goldfish! If this is enough to bring a smile your face, comic book sniffers, then jump on board for the absurd and hilarious rocket trip that is the comic book Man from Space!

Flash I6Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Flash #6
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

The second arc of the Flash starts here as Buccellato and Manapul reintroduce Captain Cold, one of Flash’s oldest enemies who gets a new 52 update…and he’s deadlier than ever. I have to admit, I never used to be a Flash fan. I figured he was a dude who ran fast, and his bad guys always seemed dorky. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul have proven me wrong with every issue of this book, and, nowadays, Flash is one of the books I’m most excited to read each week. The Flash possesses an amazing super power: he can tap into the speed force and run faster, punch faster, and even think faster, but the writers have introduced a very interesting limitation for the Flash. The use of his powers could possibly be ripping time and space apart at the seams. Before Flash can even figure out what to do about this problem, his old nemesis Captain Cold returns with a vengeance. The most interesting thing about this series is that both creators serve as artists and writers in this book. No other creative team has ever had such amazing synergy between the art and the story. Every image in Flash is full of vibrant color and a sense of movement, and the layouts are beautiful and always unique. If you missed the first five issues, this is a great jumping on point, so go pick it up because obviously it’s going to go very fast.

Swamp Thing With Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Dr. Alec Holland was a botanist working on the bio-restorative formula when an accident occurred in his lab and he was killed.  Now, he's come back from the dead years later, with memories of being some kind of monster, a Swamp Thing, but before he can make sense of all of this, the plants start to speak to him again, telling him of his destiny as the Protector of the Green.

 

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